Softball Ark. vs Georgia  4/18

Senior pitcher Autumn Storms and junior first baseman Danielle Gibson celebrate after the Razorbacks’ win over Alabama. Arkansas swept Georgia over the weekend, maintaining its grip on first place in the SEC standings.

The No. 10 Arkansas Softball team traveled to Athens, Georgia, and swept the Georgia Bulldogs at Jack Turner Stadium over the weekend. The Razorbacks were coming off a home series loss against the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide.

Arkansas opened the series Friday with a beatdown of Georgia, 10-3.

The Razorbacks came out scoring in the top of the third inning with a solo shot by freshman third baseman Hannah Gammill. In the top of the fourth, junior catcher Kayla Green launched a missile into left.

With the game tied, 2-2, heading into the top of the fifth, graduate senior shortstop Braxton Burnside laced a double down the left field line to drive in Gammill. Junior first baseman Danielle Gibson followed up later in the inning with a two-run home run. Gibson obtained five RBIs, tying her season-high.

The Bogle Bombers did not stop there, putting up a four-spot in the sixth and one more in the seventh.

Right-handed pitcher Autumn Storms started for the Hogs and picked up her seventh victory of the season. She pitched four innings and allowed three hits, two earned runs and a walk while striking out one.

Right-hander Mary Haff came in and picked up her fourth save of the year. She went three innings and gave up four hits, an earned run and struck out five batters.

Saturday, Arkansas leveled up with a 5-2 win to take the series. It marked the Razorbacks’ first series win against the Bulldogs since 2013.

The Razorbacks went up in the top of the first. After a sacrifice fly by Gibson to bring in Gammill from third, graduate senior Alley Cutting threw two wild pitches that allowed Burnside to advance to third and eventually score, making the score 2-0.

In the top of third, Gibson picked up her second RBI of the game with a solo blast into right-center field.

In the fourth, with the Hogs up 3-1, junior left fielder Hannah McEwen drove in Burnside and Gammill with a single up the middle.

Haff pitched a three-hit complete game. She allowed two earned runs and a walk while striking out five. She threw 73 pitches and obtained her 19th victory of the year.

Sunday featured Arkansas defeating Georgia by an identical score, 5-2.

The Bogle Bombers lit up the scoreboard in the first, beginning with a solo home run by Burnside — her 22nd dinger of the year. Later in the inning, with runners on the corners, Green lifted a three-run smash into left to extend the Hog lead, 4-0.

With the Razorbacks up 4-1 in the third, McEwen led off with a solo shot into right.

Freshman righty Jenna Bloom started in the circle for the Hogs and picked up her eighth win of the season. She went four innings and allowed four hits, two earned runs and two walks. She struck out four batters.

Storms came in for relief and went 2 ⅓ innings. She gave up two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Haff picked up the last two outs in the bottom of the seventh for her fifth save of the season and second of the series. She struck out junior third baseman Savana Sikes and made sophomore second baseman Sydney Kuma pop up to center to complete the sweep.

The Razorbacks are 9-0 in Southeastern Conference road games this season and have swept five opponents. Arkansas leads the SEC at 16-2. Arkansas leads No. 4 Florida, who is at 12-3.

The No. 10 Razorbacks will return to Bogle Park to take on the Central Arkansas Bears at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Arkansas won the first meeting over UCA on March 9, 4-1, in Conway. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+.

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